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Stefanie O’Rourke



National Certified Pilates Teacher #15492

PhysicalMind Institute 2004

Clare Dunphy Advanced Classical Seminar, 2019

Stefanie has over 2 decades of experience in the fitness industry.  She applies her understanding of movement to the system of pilates, using all apparatus as needed to tailor an individualized program for each student.  “The practice of pilates”, she says, “empowers the student to take ownership of their bodies, understand it’s movement patterns, and apply this to their every day life.”  

Always active, Stefanie found that taking group exercise classes helped release the stress of her former career in personnel and advertising sales.  While taking a step class in 1995, Stefanie was recruited to teach group exercise and she became ACE certified as a group fitness instructor.  In 2001 a friend and colleague trained her on the reformer and she was hooked.  “Short Spine (a pilates exercise) took me back to gymnastics…so much fun and it felt good!” she says.

After beginning a family, Stefanie retired from the corporate world and decided to focus all her energies on fitness. She became certified to teach pilates mat classes in 2003 and opened a fully equipped pilates studio in West Annapolis inside Ridgely Retreat in 2005.   Needing more space, Stefanie opened Chesapeake Pilates Center in January 2016.

 A native of southern New Jersey, Stefanie has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from New England College in New Hampshire.  She has resided in Annapolis since 1999 where she lives with her husband Peter, three children, two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and two cats. You may also find Stefanie at Annapolis Athletic Club where she teaches spin classes twice weekly.